After 30 years of talking about teen pregnancies, rare phobias and sexual infidelities as well as revealing who is or is not the father, daytime talk show host Maury Povich is saying goodbye to audiences. An NBCUniversal executive told Deadline it is canceling Maury at the end of the 2021-22 season, when Povich plans to retire. The media company did not immediately respond to NPR’s request for comment. Povich himself told Deadline he had been ready to retire six years ago but NBCUniversal asked him to continue.
“I’m so proud of my relationship with NBCUniversal and all those who worked on the Maury show but as I occasionally tell my guests on Maury, ‘Enough, already!'”
he said. But it’s not entirely the end for fans – reruns will live on in syndication.
The end of Maury is part of a larger shake-up in daytime programming
The show first launched in 1991 as The Maury Povich Show before shortening the name to Maury in 1998. It quickly became a success in an era when tabloid-y talk shows reigned supreme on the airwaves. (Think Jerry Springer and Sally Jesse Rafael.) Audiences reveled in the wild antics of show guests, often booing or egging on their behavior.